Scout Programs Frequently Asked Questions
Scout Workshops FAQs

What should I do to prepare my scout for the program?

  • Wear shoes and clothes for a long outdoor walk (hiking is an included activity in each program at Shaw Nature Reserve).
  • Please have you scout bring a reusable water bottle. We have water bottle refilling stations and water fountains throughout the Botanical Garden (MBG). There are places to fill up water bottles at Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) as well.
  • Be prepared for the weather—you will likely spend at least half of the program time outside at MBG and the entire time outside at SNR.
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times
  • Ticks and chiggers are often observed at SNR therefore insect repellent is recommended.
  • Scouts must remain with the group at all times.
  • Please remember that the Garden’s plants are living things and should be treated respectfully. Please do not pick leaves, flowers, fruits, etc.
  • Conservatories (the Climatron, Temperate House and Linnaean House) contain exotic plants that should not be touched. Plant material found in conservatories should not be collected even if it is lying on the ground.
  • Please walk on paths or on grassy areas surrounding the planting beds. Do not enter the planting beds, however, or walk in mulched areas around trees.
  • Please avoid running and rough play, even in the Children’s Garden. Be safe and be respectful of other guests.
  • Adults will be asked to turn off cell phone ringers during facilitated programs to minimize disruptions. Supervision of scouts should be their primary focus during the visit, and to keep phone conversations, texting and social conversations to a respectful minimum.


Scout troop in Japanese Garden